A Successful Maker Faire Collaboration!


You never know how things will turn out with something new but North County Mini Maker Faire within AGSEM’s Antique Engine & Tractor Show was a hit!

Traditional making was in abundance among AGSEM’s 52 acres of museum. Farm equipment and steam engines were on parade and in operation. Trades such as blacksmithing and wheelwrighting and weaving were demonstrated. Specialty galleries of clocks, looms, model railroads and more were available for viewing. AGSEM’s 40-year tradition was in good form.

Into this we introduced our own celebration of making: Maker Faire! Our formula of maker-exhibitors, hands-on activities, and spectaculars was sewn into the fabric of AGSEM’s show. We had over 30 makers exhibiting such things as cigar box guitars, electric vehicles, and light paint sticks. Hand-on activities included classics such as air rockets and learn to solder. And there was no shortage of spectaculars ranging from cupcake cars, to battle pond, to drone racing.

Of course, all this wouldn’t mean much if people didn’t enjoy themselves. Thankfully they did! This collaboration resulted in a commingling of two communities. It was a chance for attendees from both camps to see what other makers were up to. Many a kid was amazed at the historic steam engines and giant tractors. Many an adult was blown away by drone acrobatics. We hope the experience will strengthen and unite the communities. (Click here to see a photo gallery.)

The weekend  was fun.
The events were successful.
And we’re thankful to everyone.

Drone Derby Special Event on Sunday!

Drones have been all the rage at Maker Faires. They’re a natural since they’re a fast-developing maker theme that people are excited about. To ensure we give lots of visibility to drones, the San Diego Drone Users Group has been there every step of the way.

Back in 2013 at our San Diego Mini Maker Faire they built a flying cage in which they performed one of San Diego’s first public exhibitions of drone flying. Later, at the Maker Faire in Balboa Park they exhibited drones in combat in a large outdoor arena. Now they’re taking it to the next level with drone racing using first-person-view (FPV), where they’ll fly wearing headgear that allows them to pilot from the drone’s perspective.

To us, these races are agile flying competitions among drones.
To drone pilots, these races are like being birds in flight.

Don’t miss the latest Maker Faire in San Diego county.
Don’t miss this exciting drone event on Father’s Day!
Don’t miss the opportunity to see pilots in headgear.


Who’s Exhibiting at Maker Faire?

The news it out!

We will have over 30 makers and hands-on activities!

Check out our list of  exhibitors, get psyched, and make plans to join us!

This is in addition to all the goodness of AGSEM’s Antique Engine & Tractor Show. The museum will be conducting ongoing demos of blacksmithing, wheelwright, weaving & spinning, model railroad, tractors & stationary engines.They’ll also have the gristmill running so you can buy freshly-ground corn and flour!

AGSEM will also be holding as series of scheduled events:

  • Threshing demonstration at 2pm each day
  • Antique equipment parade at 1pm each day.
  • West Coast Clock and Watch Museum grand opening on Saturday at 10:30
  • Wagon rides and train rides all day long

Can you think of any better way to spend Father’s Day weekend with Dad?

Special Note: Maker Faire volunteer slots are still open, please consider volunteering.

Maker Faire in North County!


So much is happening with making in San Diego county and now there’s more!

Schools and libraries and universities and museums and maker spaces are all excitedly joining  the maker movement and reveling in it. Makers of all ages are expressing their ideas and sharing their creations at Maker Faire. First they did it at the Fairgrounds in 2013 then at Balboa Park in 2015 and in June they’ll have a new opportunity in north county.

The San Diego Makers Guild will be staging the North County Mini Maker Faire at the American Gas and Steam Engine Museum in Vista on June 18 and 19. We feel very strongly that one Maker Faire downtown isn’t enough. North County is an area that’s rich with makers and full of making activity. Along with AGSEM, we want to hold a celebration of all the good things that are happening in North County.


Why AGSEM? If you’ve been there then you already know. The Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum focuses on 1840s through the 1960s with exhibits of tools, equipment, and technology from an era where everyone was a maker. What better place to celebrate making!?

North County Maker Faire will be within AGSEM’s Antique Engine & Tractor Show.  They’ll have a tractor parade, demonstrations of milling and weaving and blacksmithing and more, wagon rides, food and fun galore. For the price of admission you get Maker Faire for free. Modern makers in the context of the museum’s annual celebration just makes sense.

Put this event on your calendar now.
If you’re a maker then watch for our Call for Maker.
We want to showcase North County’s greatest projects for all to see.